Dairy Meadow Primary and Nursery School

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Education and teaching is full of acronyms! Sometimes even we might get a little bit confused about some of the terminology. Below is a list of terms that may appear on the Dairy Meadow website and their meanings.

ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder DfE Department for Education ICT Information & Communication Technology PGCE Post-Graduate Certificate in Education
AfL Assessment for Learning DHT Deputy Head Teacher IEP Individual Education Plan PPG Pupil Premium Grant
AHT Assistant Head Teacher EAL English as an Additional Language INSET In Service Education and Training PSED Personal, Social and Emotional Development
ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder EHCP Education Health Care Plan KS1 Key Stage 1 (Age 5-7, School years 1 & 2) PSHEE Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
AST Advanced Skills Teacher ELG Early Learning Goal KS2 Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11, School years 3 to 6) QTS Qualified Teacher Status
CAF Common Assessment Framework EY Early Years KS3 Key Stage 3 (Age 11-14, School years 7 to 9) RWInc Read, Write, Inc.
CL Communication and Language EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage KS4 Key Stage 4 (Age 14-16, School years 10 & 11) SATs Standard Assessment Tasks
CoG Chair of Governors FS Foundation Stage KS5 Key Stage 5 (Age 16+, School years 12 & 13) SDP School Development Plan
COSHH Control of Substances Hazardous to Health FSM Free School Meals LA Local Authority (formerly LEA Local Education Authority) SEN Special Educational Need
CP Child Protection HMCI Her Majesty's Chief Inspector (Head of Ofsed inspection) LO Learning Objectives SENCO Special Educational Needs Coordinator
CPD Continuing Professional Development (i.e. Training) HMI Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools MFL Modern Foreign Languages SLT Senior Leadership Team
DBS Disclosure and Barring Service H&S Health & Safety NC National Curriculum SMSC Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (development)
DCPO Designated Child Protection Officer HT Head Teacher  OfSTED Office for Standards in Education T&L Teaching & Learning